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Pakistan's Strategic Culture: Implications for How Pakistan Perceives and Counters Threats

C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University) analyzes four key concepts undergirding the Pakistan Army’s strategic culture and considers the implications for U.S. and Indian efforts to manage the threat from Pakistan.

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force

Céline Pajon (Ifri) discusses Japan's challenges as it attempts to improve cooperation between its Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force. With Chinese gray-zone tactics providing an imperative for better crisis management, the two forces are taking operational and legal steps to advance coordinated policing and defense of Japan's waters.

Australia's Strategic Culture and Asia's Changing Regional Order

Nick Bisley (La Trobe University) analyzes the major elements of Australian strategic culture and argues that emerging trends suggest a growing rift between Australia's strategic elite and the public that could pose future challenges for the U.S.-Australia relationship.

NBR President Richard J. Ellings Testifies on Capitol Hill

On December 6, NBR President Richard J. Ellings, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing on "Step or Stumble: The Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia."

Russia’s Arctic Dreams Have Chinese Characteristics

Jeremy Maxie (Longview Global Advisors) and David Slayton (Hoover Institution) examine Russia’s growing Arctic ambitions and assess China’s geopolitical and economic role in shaping Russia’s strategic environment.


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Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) analyzes Taiwan’s strategic culture and argues that the island’s perception of its own orphan status is central to how Taiwan defines its place in the international system.

Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia

Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.

Strategic Asia 2016-17 Paperback and PDF Now Available

Strategic Asia 2016-17: Understanding Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific examines how the region’s major powers view international politics and the use of military force. Purchase the PDF or order the paperback.

Interview with Strategic Asia Program Research Director Ashley Tellis

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), who explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

Japan's Low-Carbon Transition

Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) speaks on the future of Japan's energy transition in the context of government efforts to promote renewables and electricity market deregulation.

The Legacy of Nehruvianism and the Implications for Strategic Culture

Ian Hall (Griffith University) explains why India remains restrained in its international behavior even as its economic and military power continue to grow. His chapter "The Persistence of Nehruvianism in India’s Strategic Culture" appears in Strategic Asia 2016–17.

China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Christopher A. Ford (U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee) discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. His chapter "Realpolitik with Chinese Characteristics: Chinese Strategic Culture and the Modern Communist Party-State" appears in Strategic Asia 2016–17.

U.S. Strategic Priorities in the Asia-Pacific

On November 16, 2016, NBR convened a discussion marking the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17. The event featured a panel of Strategic Asia authors and a timely discussion on implications for U.S. policy with Robert M. Scher, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, NBR President Richard J. Ellings, and Ashley J. Tellis, Strategic Asia Program research director. Listen to the audio and read a summary of the discussions.

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